Direct End of Curfew in Tel Aviv As City Remains Quiet; Shaw Visits Municipal Council
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Direct End of Curfew in Tel Aviv As City Remains Quiet; Shaw Visits Municipal Council

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As a result of the quiet which has prevailed in this city, and throughout Palestine, for the past two days, military authorities are decided to case the curfew tomorrow, and Mayer Israel Rokach indicated that he expected that it might be lifted entirely by Tuesday.

The Jewish underground radio has demanded that it be lifted immediately, declaring that Jews will not allow Tel Aviv “to be turned into a concentration camp.” The curfew was lifted between 5:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. today, and tomorrow it will not-be is force between the hours of 5 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Acting High Commissioner John V. W. Shaw, accompanied by Maj. Gen. E. L. Bols, comander of the Sixth Airborne Division, which is patrolling Tel Aviv, today attended meeting of the municipal council. Introduced by Rokach, Shaw said that he was sorry to visit the city under such circumstances. Robbery and fires, he declared, are not the proper answer to the Government’s announcement. He asserted that the troops had exercised great self-restraint, and urged the Mayor and the councillors to continue their efforts to calm down the populace. Shaw criticized the Hebrew press for printing “inciting reports.”

Rokach said that although there were incidents where the troops showed restraint, the Jews in Palestine have been exercising restraint for more than six years. He charged that a great share of the responsibility for the riots lay with the police, who were unable to suppress them as soon as they started.


Funeral services were held here this morning for the sixth victim of the disturbances, Abraham Osari, with friends and relatives attending. Meanwhile, the authorities began trying about 500 persons arrested in the past few days for violating the curfew. Fines ranged from fifteen piasters to five pounds, and none were jailed.

The Jewish newspapers today demanded an investigation into the shooting of many youths who were armed only with stones, and the newspaper Haaretz writes that while the many foreign correspondents here took pictures of the few shops that were demaged, none of them, with the exception of Meyer Levin, of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, visited and photographed the wounded in the hospitals.

The Irgun Zvai Leumi, Jewish extremist group, which has not been heard from publicly during the recent violence, today issued a “plan of action” to achieve Jewish independence, which calls for: non-cooperation with Government laws; taking immediate possession of Government lands “robbed from the people by a hostile foreign power”; and immediate establishment of a Jewish Government “which shall lead the Jewish national fight.”

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